Be More Successful by Being More Yourself

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Today’s tip: Use Your Unifying Principles

You want to be rich? Go rob a bank.

That doesn’t sound too good, does it? You might get rich, but in doing so you harm someone else’s livelihood, possibly endanger someone else’s life, and put yourself at great odds of going to jail. In terms of reaching your goals, it’s probably not the best path to take.

Yes, it’s an extreme example, but it demonstrates the importance of aligning your actions with your Unifying Principles.

Try this:

Spend 5 minutes listing five things you value most in life. Make them statements such as “To act with integrity” or “Be a loving and supportive parent.” Keep this list handy during your weekly planning, and ensure that your goals and tasks fit into your Unifying Principles.

Here’s why:

When you act in alignment with your Unifying Principles you will be more effective in finding success because you’re choosing what’s important to you. There is always more than one way to get from point A to point B. The actions that best match your personality will create the easiest path.

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